Archive for April, 2011

Prom Planning Countdown

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

4-3 months
  • Start looking for the right formal dress. Way many dress companies can take up to 8 weeks (sometimes longer) to deliver their dresses. So don’t waste time!
  • Think date: start asking. Know who you’re going with yet? Don’t wait ’til the last minute to know, or the hot ones may be gone. Either ask him, or get him to ask you, but do it soon.
  • Outline your budget. Figure out how much money you have, how much you can get, and on what items you’re going to spend it.

3 Months

  • Order your dress. That’s if you haven’t done so already.
  • Get healthy. Time to start a fitness program that includes exercise & healthy eating.
  • Hair & nails. Start maintaining them.
  • Etiquette. Know how to handle silverware? Know how to behave in a formal environment? Consider taking a class on etiquette. Or get a book and practice with that. (Or look at our small section on etiquette, which gives you the basics)
  • Hairdo. You have selected your dress. Plan your hair around it. Start now because some updos can take a couple of months to grow into. If you need hair ideas, check out the prom hair articles from

2 Months

  • Order your dress. What?!! You haven’t ordered your dress yet? Hurry. Or stores & manufacturers may no longer have the one you want!
  • Prom Plans. Start making your pre-prom and your post-prom plans.
  • Make appointments. Most girls have their hair done professionally for prom. It’s time to make the appointment! You can also consider having a manicure and a pedicure. Make appointments for these. Having your makeup done professionally? Then make an appointment for this, too.
  • Start building your ensemble. Assume you bought your dress, and that you pretty much know your hairdo. It’s time to get your accessories– shoes, jewelry, purse (are the main ones). Start building your ensemble by seeing what works with your dress and planned hairdo.
  • Help select the tux. Help your date select his tuxedo, especially if you want him to wear a vest that matches your dress.
  • Discuss plans. Discuss your pre- and post-prom plans with your parents. Believe me, they’ll want to know!
  • Review your budget. You bought the dress, at least some of the accessories, and have made your appointments. Are you still within budget?
  • Stick with it. Remember to stick with your health and dieting plan.

Last 30 days

  • Pick up the dress. If you haven’t picked it up already.
  • Alterations. Have your dress professionally altered if you need alterations.
  • Break in your new shoes. Walk around the house with them so that they get used to you.
  • Order the boutonniere. Don’t forget you need to get your date a boutonniere, which is a little flower that goes in his lapel. Order this from your nearest flowershop, do so at least two weeks ahead of time.
  • Corsage. Remind your date that he needs to order this.
  • Checklist #1. Make a checklist of everything you need to do. This includes getting your dress from the alterationist or the cleaners, appointments to be kept, and anything else you’ve planned. You don’t want to forget anything during the last minute rush.
  • Checklist #2. Make a small checklist of the things you’ll need that night, such as extra pantyhose, a touch up makeup kit, a pocket camera, and anything else you plan on bringing.
  • Confirm all appointments. Call at least a week in advance to confirm the appointments for hair and nails (or others) that you made last month.
  • Tell date a few things. Mostly, what to expect when he meets your parents. You don’t want him to be too uptight– you know how parents can get.
  • Last minute changes. Attend to any last minute changes in pre- or post-prom plans.
  • Discuss with friends. Discuss date issues, partying issues, driving issues, drinking issues, and any other potentially sticky issues with friends.
  • Start getting plenty of rest. You don’t want to look wiped out on the big night.
  • Step up your exercises. You’ve been keeping healthy with workouts and good eating, right? Well step them up.

Last 2 days

  • Don’t panic. Yeah, don’t panic.
  • Purse kit. Build your purse kit, including extra hose, extra money, mini-makeup kit, etc.
  • Appointments. Attend all hair and nail (and other beautifying) appointments.
  • Boutonniere. Pick it up.
  • Corsage. Remind your date to pick his up.
  • Tux. Yeah, I know. But just in case, remind him to pick it up the day before.
  • Get dressed. Get set. Get going.

Guilty: Faker who boarded bus after non-crash

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

If someone were to write Insurance Fraud for Dummies, it might include such advice as: Before you fake an injury, make sure there’s an actual crash.

Also, don’t get caught on video running a quarter-block to board a bus after an accident.

“It’s almost comical,” said Assistant District Attorney Linda Montag.

On Nov. 19, 2008, a SEPTA bus made contact with a taxi in the 1300 block of Walnut Street about 2 p.m., she said.

“It was a very small tap by a taxicab. There wasn’t even a scratch on the bus,” she said.

Yet three people – including two men who ran aboard after the incident – began claiming bodily harm.

On Monday, Ronald Moore, 37, of Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to fraud and conspiracy, and was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and face two years probation.

Moore has nine aliases and convictions for drug, robbery and other offenses, according to court records.

“He claimed he was on the bus. He was not on the bus, and he was not hurt,” Montag said.

Video showed the bus driver leave the bus, then Moore and another man “run down the street, get on the bus and feign injuries, holding their backs,” the prosecutor said.

Moore filed a claim, but the other man didn’t, so he was never charged.

“I’m not a mind reader, but maybe he changed his mind,” Montag said.

Latanya Mathis, an actual passenger, was also charged with fraud and conspiracy, after allegedly lying about whacking her head on a window.

“When you viewed the video, she did not strike her head,” Montag said.

Mathis, 24, of Philadelphia, is due back in Common Pleas Court on May 24 for a pretrial conference.

SEPTA has declined to make the video public, at least until after the Mathis case is settled.

More than 9,000 claims for injuries or property damage have been made against SEPTA since the beginning of 2010, and nearly 5,000 have been settled in or out of court, according to spokeswoman Jerri Williams.

SEPTA pays about $35 million in claims each year, and about 40 percent of claims are settled without going to court, she said.

The injuries include individual accidents, such as falls at stations, which also have video cameras.


Southbound I-405 closed this weekend in Bellevue, Renton

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

All southbound lanes of Interstate 405 will be closed this weekend — and the following two weekends — just beyond downtown Bellevue, potentially causing widespread traffic slowdowns.

Drivers must exit before the Wilburton Tunnel, which is being demolished so the freeway can be expanded. Downtown Bellevue exits will be open, but the state Department of Transportation will begin reducing the freeway lanes starting near Highway 520.

Closures last from 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday.

Also this weekend, one or two lanes will be closed on southbound I-405 in Renton, where lanes are being shifted to a new bridge at Oakesdale Avenue Southwest. The state DOT thought it was best to schedule the work while the Bellevue closure reduces the approaching freeway traffic through Renton.

Map of Bellevue-area detours:

WSDOT home page for Renton project:

“Historic Wilburton” video by the Eastside Heritage Center: